Senator Max Baucus, insurance industry lackey, has had taxpayer financed benefits for most of his adult life

Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) is one of the most important players in the health care reform debate as the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee. He’s screwing it up.

Baucus is also the biggest beneficiary of insurance industry money:

As Sen. Max Baucus has taken the lead on health-reform legislation in the U.S. Senate, he’s also become a leader in something else: Campaign money received from health- and insurance-industry interests.

In the past six years, nearly one-fourth of every dime raised by Baucus, D-Mont., and his political-action committee has come from groups and individuals associated with drug companies, insurers, hospitals, medical-supply firms, health-service companies and other health professionals.

These donations total about $3.4 million, or $1,500 a day, every day, from January 2003 through 2008.

They’ve got Baucus doing their bidding.

From various sources, including congressional websites, I’ve figured out that we’ve been paying for Baucus’s benefits for decades. Baucus graduated from law school in 1967. Since then, Baucus has been on government payrolls almost non-stop. He practiced law for a couple years in Montana, but besides that, taxpayers have been funding his health care benefits. And, the federal government has good benefits. Today’s Washington Post explains that one good reason to work for the federal government is the “generous” benefits (to which members of Congress have access). On health care, the Post tells us:

The Federal Employee Health Benefits Program offers the widest selection of health-care plans of any U.S. employer. Federal employees also have access to vision and dental plans, life insurance, flexible-spending accounts and long-term care plans.

That’s what Baucus has had access to since he entered Congress over thirty years ago.

This guy has no idea what it’s like not to have health insurance or to be tortured by one’s insurance company. I’m sure Baucus hasn’t spent too much time wondering about co-pays or hitting his maximum for drugs. No.

So, Max Baucus is willing to screw over health care reform and, in turn, and the American people. But, no worries for Max. He’s got big-time financial backing from the insurance industry and health care paid by taxpayers.

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